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March 23, 2015

Here is the link for the Giveaway for a cute new book by Astrid Yrigollen. In the Shadow of the Squirrel is first in a series of short books designed for grade school elementary age.





Goodreads Book Giveaway






In the shadow of the squirrel


by Astrid Yrigollen




Giveaway ends June 16, 2015.



See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.






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Published on March 23, 2015 13:17 • 114 views • Tags: animals, boy-fiction, children, clean, crow, fiction, fox, giveaway, grade-school, in-the-shadow-of-the-squirrel, solider

March 17, 2015

New Grade School Book
 In the Shadow of the Squirrel

In the shadow of the squirrel

I will be opening a Giveaway here on Good reads in a couple of days for my new children's book, "In The Shadow of the Squirrel. The ISBN is being a little weird right now so I am not able to post it right this second .

I am also going to be doing a cool Promo Giveaway with the purchased copy . More on that later.
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Published on March 17, 2015 16:11 • 123 views • Tags: animal, boys-fiction, children-s-books, fiction, giveaway, grade-school, in-the-shadow-of-the-squirrel

December 18, 2014

I would have to say that 2014 was an interesting year. A lot of things have happened. I am really looking forward to next year.

I am finally getting organized where I can buckle down and finally get all these writing projects done and out!

First, I just want to put a general call out to editors who are interested in editing children's and young adult books.

I have a main editor but two editors are better than one!

Second, I will be looking for an artist who has a slant towards darker Gothic Victorian images for a surprise book later in 2015 release.

I will have more to post on my scheduled book releases for 2015 and of course my end of year favorite music,books and k dramas for the year!
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Published on December 18, 2014 13:40 • 79 views • Tags: 2014, 2015, artists, books, childrens, editors, illustration, projects, twitter, youtube

August 29, 2014

First let me apologize for being away so long. Planning a convention takes a lot out of me.But even though I was resting I was still catching up doing a lot of things.Namely getting caught up with painting some blank doll heads (4 total)that have been in my collection





Customizing my first Blythe Doll



and of course accumulating new dolls:

Along with all that I have been catching up on my own reading.There are other projects that I have aside from my writing that are going on right now but my writing is calling me back so I must heed.What have you been doing?

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Published on August 29, 2014 12:08 • 68 views • Tags: blythe, catching-up, customizing, dolls, writing

April 15, 2014

Congratulations to the five winners of the new art edition of my paper back,"His Black Wings" Close to 2000 people entered which was nice! You should receive your books in two -four weeks.*All my websites are temporarily down due to server migration.




This is a picture of the cherry blossom I took yesterday in Japan town.

I am still busy with the convention(ccbjd.org which is migrating servers right now) I organize but am very much looking forward to finishing my next book.I miss the calmness of writing.

I am hoping to finish my new book by the end of the summer then I will have some giveaways for it. As always I appreciate the emails and questions from people who like to read my stuff and remember if you are a author who would like to trade reviews let me know. There are certain genres I do not read so just message or email me!
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Published on April 15, 2014 11:29 • 101 views • Tags: art-edition, author, blssoms, his-black-wings, sakura, writing

March 18, 2014



Everyone who knows me knows how much I love my dolls and the company they come from. I was fortunate enough to attend a small Tea party for their store closing event here in California. They are moving locations so they had a big sale on Saturday the 15th and a tea Party for a few of their fans on the 16th. I was fortunate enough to have been picked to go!



There were a ton of beautiful dolls there and people that I already knew which was nice!



If you would like to see more of these dolls come meet with us this June 7th! I chair a Asian ball jointed doll show this summer--->http://www.ccbjd.org and of course if you bring something for me to sign I will happily do so!
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Published on March 18, 2014 16:02 • 82 views • Tags: bjds, closing, dolls, japan, tea-party, tenshi-no-sumika, torrance, volks

February 18, 2014



Well they are here! The new paper back Art Edition of "His Black Wings". I am giving away 5 signed copies here on GoodReads after that you'll have to stop being a cheap skate and buy it yourself!

I am now dividing my time between my new YA book and organizing a BJD convention. For those of you that do not know what that is, you can take a look at my site,CCBJD.org for it . It is based out of Northern California and takes place this June. Feel free to stop by and say "Hi" if you are in the area!
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Published on February 18, 2014 11:55 • 296 views • Tags: art-edition, astrid-yrigollen, facebook, giveaway, his-black-wings

January 8, 2014

The new cover for "His Black Wings" is ready and paper back copies will be available soon.

Here is a peek of the artwork inside

The artwork may be considered a little dark by some but I think it fits the story, a cross between Jane Eyre and Beauty and the Beast quite well. Since "His Black Wings" is set in the future, during a Victorian revival,many people have told me they would think a "Steam Punk" type cover would be more fitting. Since I don't really consider this story to fit into that genre, I didn't want to mislead anyone with the a Steam Punk type cover. The new editions will be up for sale shortly after some minor tweaking of the cover, but until then I will be offering a giveaway here on Goodreads for this new ,signed art edition so stay tuned!

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Published on January 08, 2014 16:12 • 171 views • Tags: artwork, dark, his-black-wings, new-cover, new-giveaway, steam-punk

December 23, 2013

I just returned from a writing research trip..okay , it was just an excuse to spend a few days in solitude on a ranch where they raise Arabian horses. It was so nice to be around so many different animals , but the horses themselves were beautiful. The one on the left is actually from the line of Secretariat.



On the book front, I also fell deeply,madly in love with the work of a particular artist. His style is perfect for "His Black Wings" but the direction has changed from a graphic novel, which I am totally fine with. I can, as some of you know, be impatient. I would not want to wait the time it would take for a graphic novel to come out( unless I had H.Miyazaki or R.Takahashi working on it, then I would wait forever).

Finally,I'll be writing my "Year in review" soon, music, movies,books in this past year that I fell in love with so stay tuned for that.

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Published on December 23, 2013 15:09 • 82 views • Tags: artist-found, books, dolls, his-black-wings, horses

December 10, 2013

I know I go stretches with out posting, then when I do, I tend to blather on.I try to post at least once a month here on Goodreads though."Small, controlled, bursts Ripley." I'll try to keep that in mind.

First, I am in the process of scheduling my book tour for next year,it's based off of advanced reader copies which will be ready by the end of January 2014.It's another YA read, a stand alone,and I am undecided on title as of yet.

Second,"His Black Wings" is being negotiated to be made in to a graphic novel.

Third,I would like to congratulate the winner of the international swag bag giveaway for "His Black Wings" Goodies, Filia Oktarina .It's on it's way out to you! There will be lot's more giveaways this coming year.--

Photo-Alice cherry blossom pig and Mini Pullips

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Published on December 10, 2013 16:53 • 121 views • Tags: 2014, blathering, book-tour, give-away, graphic-novel, new-ya-novel, winner

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